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Ukrainian Parliament’s Speaker signs law on lifting of MPs immunity from 2020

The document was sent for the signing of President Zelensky
11:30, 4 September 2019

Dmytro Razumkov, the Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine
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Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Dmytro Razumkov signed the law on the lifting of the MPs immunity from 2020. The law is filed for the sign of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky as the website of the parliament reported.

The bill provides the amendment of Article 80 of the Constitution of Ukraine. Particularly, this article reads: “MPs of Ukraine are guaranteed with the parliamentary immunity” and norm, which states that “the lawmakers of Ukraine cannot be prosecuted, detained or arrested without the agreement of the Verkhovna Rada” are withdrawn.

Another norm of the article will continue to act: the MPs will not be responsible legally for the results of the voting, statements about the parliament and its bodies, excluding the responsibility for insulting or defamation.

Related: Parliamentary immunities all over the globe: How does it work?

On September 3, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine finally amended the Constitution and restricted the immunity of the MPs. 373 lawmakers voted for the bill #7203.

As we reported, the Committee on Legal Policy recommended that Verkhovna Rada finally amend the Constitution on parliamentary immunity restrictions

Earlier, it was reported that Ukrainian lawmakers voted for the law that lifted parliamentary immunity. 363 MPs supported the document. The law makes it easier to detain and bring any MP to justice, in case this person breaks the law.

Related: Medvedchuk: MPs’ immunity canceled in violation of Ukraine's Constitution

On August 29, members of the newly shaped Ukrainian Parliament gathered for the opening session of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. On the very first workday, they dismissed the previous government, shaped the new Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk, relieved Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko of his office and appointed his successor Ruslan Ryaboshapka.

 

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